Title: Commercial law

Profile

Justin D. Young

Partner

 

Justin Young

Firm: Lawson Lundell LLP
Address:Suite 1600 Cathedral Place
925 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3L2
Canada
Phone:604.631.9136
Fax:604.669.1620
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Local Time:Wed. 18:38
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Profile

Justin is a Partner in Lawson Lundell's Private Equity and Venture Capital, Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance & Securities practice groups. Justin's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate commercial matters for both public and private companies. He also regularly advises on a wide range of legal compliance and corporate governance matters.

Mergers and Acquisition Experience

Justin has acted on over 30 private and public M&A transactions, including offerors and targets in friendly and unsolicited takeover bids, arrangements, asset sales, amalgamations and share sale transactions, with transaction values ranging from $2 million to $17 billion. This includes numerous privately held and venture backed companies in their acquisitions by strategic acquirers or private equity funds.
Venture Capital Experience

Justin has acted extensively for entrepreneurs, start-ups and venture backed technology companies as well as for venture capital funds and angel investors, including on over $200 million in over 40 angel and venture capital financings since 2005, as well as on initial public offerings (IPOs) and other public offerings for technology companies.
Corporate Commercial Experience

Justin regularly advises on various commercial and strategic matters, including company formation, shareholder agreements, equity compensation plans, sales agreements, website policies and EULAs, for a wide range of clients from start-ups to public companies.

 

Languages: English

 

Areas of Practice

 

  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate and Business
  • Corporate Finance
  • Joint Ventures
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Securities
  • Technology
  • Venture Capital

 

Professional Career

 

Significant Accomplishments

Representative venture capital financing transactions:

A Vancouver based “napkin capital"¯ fund in its fund formation and seed investments in two Vancouver based IT companies
A Vancouver based online commercial real estate start-up in its pre-seed financing
A Vancouver based venture backed mobile data company in its follow-on Series A financings
A Toronto based health care services company in its $5 million Series A venture financing by a Toronto based healthcare and life sciences venture capital fund
A Vancouver based internet start-up in its $2 million convertible note and warrant seed financing and $1 million convertible note seed financing
An Ottawa based clean technology company in its $2 million Series B US venture financing, its US$2 million convertible debenture financing and its $5 million Series A US venture financing
An Ottawa based clean technology company in its $1.55 million convertible debenture venture financing and its Class B venture financing
A Silicon Valley based venture capital fund in its US$11 million Series C venture financing of a Toronto based technology company
A Toronto based investor in its $1 million common share investment in a private health care services management company
The angel investors in a US$5 million financing and US$8.3 million financing of a California based biotech company
A Halifax based nutraceutical company in its bridge financing, its $3.3 million Series C venture financing, its $3 million Series B venture financing and its $3.8 million Series A venture financing
An Ottawa based technology start-up in its round of equity financing
An Ottawa and California based technology company in its US$10 million Series E US and Canadian venture financing and its US$15 million Series D US and Canadian venture financing
An Ottawa based technology company in its $8 million bridge financing
A Gatineau, Quebec based technology company in its US$6 million first round of funding
An Ottawa based technology company in its US$2 million preferred share financing
The Toronto based venture capital investors in a Halifax based social media companyĆ¢ā‚¬ā„¢s Series A venture financing
An Ottawa based technology company in its Series A venture financing
An Ottawa based technology company in its $8 million Series B venture financing and its $4 million Series A follow-on venture financing
The investors in a Montreal based mobile broadband semiconductor companyĆ¢ā‚¬ā„¢s venture financing
A Toronto based technology company in its Class B venture financing and in its convertible debenture bridge round
An Ottawa based technology company in its US$27.7 million Series B US and Canadian venture financing, its convertible debt bridge financing and its US$14 million Series A US and Canadian venture financing
The agents in a $18 million private placement in an Ottawa based clean energy company
A venture capital fund in its $3 million investment in a Toronto based consumer goods company
An Ottawa based technology company in its Series A US and Canadian follow-on venture financings and its $8 million Series A follow-on venture financing
An Ottawa based technology company in its $13 million venture financing
A Gatineau, Quebec based technology company in its $10 million venture financing

Representative M&A transactions include:

A large cap multinational energy company in its $200 million disposition of a joint venture manufacturing asset
A Canadian aerospace company in the sale of its US subsidiary and in its sale to a Canadian acquiror
A Toronto based health care services company in its acquisition of various related services businesses
A leading Canadian private equity fund in its acquisition of an Ontario based food products manufacturing company
A junior mining company in its acquisition of Canadian uranium assets from a Canadian TSX listed vendor
The shareholders of an owner management business selling its construction and hospitality assets to a large publicly listed acquiror
A number of TSX listed technology companies in their acquisitions of privately held technology companies
A CPC in its qualifying transaction with an Ontario based clean technology company
A TSX listed biotechnology company in its $10 million reverse takeover by a medical device company and listing on TSX-V
A number of Ottawa based venture backed technology companies in their respective sales to US strategic buyers
A number of Ontario based technology companies and service providers in their respective acquisitions by private equity and strategic buyers
Ottawa based environmental and transportation consulting companies in their respective acquisitions by international strategic acquirers
The acquirers in the management buy-out of a registered LSIF manager
A TSX-V listed technology company in its acquisition by a Texas based strategic buyer by way plan of arrangement
The acquirer in its acquisition of a TSX listed Canadian retailer by way of unsolicited takeover bid
A TSX listed hydrogen fuel infrastructure company in its acquisition by a NASDAQ and TSX listed strategic acquirer by way of negotiated takeover bid

Representative Public Company Corporate Finance transactions include:

A TSX and NASDAQ listed Canadian mining company in its $250 million convertible note offering
A privately held Australian based mining company in its private placement financing and initial public offering
A TSX listed technology company in its $31 million bought deal financing
A TSX listed medical device company in its $20.7 million bought deal financing
A TSX listed biotech company in a number of its private placements and its $25 million public offering of common shares and warrants
A TSX-V listed biotech company in its private placement of units
Initial public offerings for various issuers, including technology, medical device, biotech, mining and financial services companies
A TSX listed hydrogen fuel infrastructure company in its $24 million public offering of common shares



Professional Activities and Experience

Prior to returning to his hometown of Vancouver and joining Lawson Lundell, Justin practiced with one of Canada's leading "seven sisters" firms in Toronto and with an Ottawa based firm with one of Canada's leading venture capital and technology M&A practices.


Bar Admission

Ontario (2003)
British Columbia (2010)

 

Education


McGill University (B.A., with great distinction, 1996)
University of Toronto (J.D. (Honours) 2002)